BETA Technologies (BETA) selected CAE as its partner of choice to design and develop its pilot and maintenance technician training program for the ALIA electric vertical take off landing (eVTOL) aircraft. CAE will develop a suite of digitally integrated curriculum and courseware solutions for the aviation workforce of tomorrow. The new training program will be built from the ground-up, in parallel with BETA's aircraft certification journey, taking into account the operational- and mission-specific inputs for this aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) covers a range of new aircraft enabling transport of people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by civil aviation, with eVTOL aircraft at the forefront. CAE's Advanced Air Mobility group offers training and operational support solutions to help companies such as BETA certify their eVTOL aircraft, train their pilots and maintainers, and scale standardized AAM operations across global markets.
BETA says it is the first eVTOL to receive manned airworthiness from the U.S. Air Force. BETA has hundreds of hours of manned full-scale flight testing and recently flew its ALIA aircraft over 200 miles.
In November 2020, CAE released a report on 2020-2029 Pilot Demand Outlook in which it was estimated that an expected global requirement of 264,000 new pilots were needed in the civil aviation industry to sustain growth over the next 10 years. This does not take into account the additional surge in demand for pilots and technicians in AAM.